189 Rooms / 14 Suites
Austin, Texas' historic Driskill Hotel, a beloved local landmark, was built by cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill and opened to much pomp and circumstance in 1886, some two years before the nearby Texas State Capitol building was completed. It was always a political hub, and the Senate even met on the mezzanine floor for a year while the Capitol was being finished.
The grand foyer, once opening up to a rotunda with sky view, now boasts a large, beautiful glass lamp that has become a signature of the hotel. Tall oil paintings depicting politicians and socialites of days past hang against the walls, dimly lit by the glow from nearby sconces. Ornate armchairs peek out of dark corners, and brocaded chairs pull up to dark wood tables and desks displaying antique telephones. Delicate classical music bounces lightly off the original marble flooring found throughout the vast lobby area. A grand staircase leads toward the upper lobby and bar area, and branches off up to the mezzanine.
The historic side of the hotel has very wide hallways and tall ceilings, as it was built in the 1880s. A second tower was added in 1929. The halls on both sides of the hotel, which was proclaimed a national historic landmark in 1969, are lined with oil paintings (80 percent of which are original) and shelves of books, making for an intimate setting that feels more like a personal collection than a confined museum.
The Driskill features 15 meeting spaces of varying sizes and 189 rooms, 14 of which are suites. There is a fitness center with a view of the city and two rooms available for massage treatments. 1886 Cafe and Bakery provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and a 24-hour, in-room dining menu, while The Driskill Grill offers an exquisite fine-dining option for those traveling for business or pleasure.